Open a Book, Open the World

The Library of Congress National Book Festival  2021 will run Sept. 17-26 this year in Washington D.C.. It will feature more than 100 authors, poets, and writers in a range of formats, including Tana French, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Claudia Rankine.The festival’s theme for 2021  is “Open a Book, Open the World,” and it will be kicked off by LeVar Burton, the actor and literacy advocate who is also hosting the PBS television special of the same name that premieres on September 12. The schedule of programs is available on Many of the festival programs will be live streamed or recorded for online viewing.

The annual National Book Festival poster has also been unveiled. This year it was designed by New York City-based graphic designer Dana Tanamachi, who said she was inspired by the idea of an open book resembling a blossoming flower.

“I envisioned a wild garden, like something out of Alice in Wonderland or Jack and the Beanstalk, with blooming books that could transport readers to alternate worlds. It was these worlds that inspired me to add the stars and ombré background, to convey a sense of vastness, wonder, adventure and exploration. Books and flowers both open up and invite us in to behold beauty, mark the seasons and experience change and growth. Combining the two images felt like the perfect metaphor.”


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